“Please pray for peace and order to be restored in Tacloban City and Leyte. We have received reports that ‘people on the streets are carrying guns and knives’, ‘people are mugging each other at gunpoint’, ‘looters roaming around the city… ready to snatch whatever food and water there is to steal’. Anarchic conditions hinder us from visiting and serving affected Christian brothers and sisters there. As soon as the looting and violence gets abated by police and military forces, we can travel and bring much-needed relief goods to believers and churches there.” – Pastor Glem Melo
By Pastor Glem Melo
- Death toll is now estimated to be at least 10,000.
- The number of affected persons is in the millions: 9,497,847.
- Relief and rescue efforts are being hampered by looters.
“The last time I saw something of this scale was in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. This is destruction on a massive scale. There are cars thrown like tumble weed and the streets are strewn with debris.” – Sebastian Rhodes Stampa, head of the United Nations Disaster Assessment Coordination (UNDAC)
“Tacloban is totally destroyed. Some people are losing their minds from hunger or from losing their families.” – Andrew Pomeda, public school teacher
“There is no security personnel, relief goods are too slow to arrive. People are dirty, hungry and thirsty. A few more days and they will begin to kill each other… This is shameful. We have been hit by a catastrophe and now our businesses…
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